If you have a hectic lifestyle you will need to grind some aspects down to its bare simplicity. When it comes to taking control, taking positive steps to improve your diet is one of the first things you should address.
Increasing the stress and difficulty in your life is extremely counterproductive and undeniably unpleasant. If you have taken on a New Year’s Resolution of being a healthier version of you, you might think that with the goal, comes a lot of change.
Making the commitment to eating healthier and improving your habits shouldn’t just be another daunting task. The changes should be easy to make and the results should come naturally as a result. After implementing these small ways, step-by-step, by the end of the year, you might find yourself enjoying your completely different lifestyle and seeing the results of improving your diet.
Cooking and eating healthier doesn’t necessarily mean that there has to be an extreme change in your lifestyle. You don’t have to make major changes in the way you shop or how you go about cooking. You can take simple, small steps and can see a large change in your life and in your eating habits.
Putting yourself first shouldn’t be a heavy, life-altering transition. These three easy tasks and mind-sets can help you simplify your way to a healthier lifestyle by focusing on your daily routine.
There’s No Go Big or Go Home
Your long-term goal for 2018 doesn’t have to be achieved in the next three weeks and you don’t need to take huge leaps to improve your diet. Although you should set up smaller goals along the way, meeting every single one of them isn’t a make or break situation.
Honestly, there is no time limit on your goals. Although you should have some sort of timely goal — one component of a S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and timely) goal. Making small changes in your life to improve your diet such as switching out fizzy drinks for water or taking the time to eat breakfast in the morning can have great long-term effects. Transform your diet into a healthier one simply by changing one snack or meal at a time.
Plan Beforehand and Meal Prep to Improve Your Diet
This is otherwise known as meal prepping and it is a great way to combine organisation and budgeting into your plans to improve your diet. Setting the time aside to cook a large meal for the week and then separating them already for each day is a perfect start to your hectic week and will save you money, time, and will also help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Not only does this help you, it also can help get you more organised, allowing you to plan your children’s lunches for school or work lunches, for example. Meal prepping also reduces your trips to fast food drive-throughs or opting to go out to eat at a restaurant. Knowing you have something ready to eat waiting for you at home helps prevent those spontaneous takeaways or meals out that are almost always high in calories and low in goodness.
This is also a helpful step when you’re always on the go and you need to opt for healthy food. It reduces the time cooking on an everyday basis and will leave you more time to get to the more important things.
Clear Your Line of Vision
Those chocolate biscuits your daughter left on the counter from her school snack isn’t helping you avoid temptation and definitely won’t help you on your healthy lifestyle transition. What you see can affect your diet. Try to keep your counters clear of junk food or sweets, even tell your spouse to hide them from you if you have the temptation to sift through your pantry. This implements an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude towards eating clean and eliminates a large chunk of your temptation.
We hope these three simple steps can help you get a head start on your journey towards a healthy diet and lifestyle. Please do leave a comment to let us know what has worked for you!